Open main menu

The B.E.S.T. Academy

  (Redirected from BEST Academy Middle School)

The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson (BEST) was opened in Atlanta, Georgia, United States in August 2007. For a short time the academy was simply referred to as "the boys' single gender academy," but was later named by its first principal, Curt R. Green, in honor of the renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin S. Carson. B.E.S.T. is an acronym for Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology.

The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
TypePublic, single-gender (boys)
School districtAtlanta Public Schools - SRT 4
PrincipalDr. Jones
Grades6 through 12
Color(s)Blue and gold

At its inception, the school served boys in grade 6 with plans for expansion to grade 12 by 2013. The B.E.S.T. Academy is a public school in the Atlanta Public Schools system.


Single-gender educationEdit

The B.E.S.T. academy was initiated by Atlanta Public Schools based on the research of Michael Gurian, who asserts that girls and boys have different learning styles. To this effect, teachers at BEST employ teaching strategies that are geared toward the general learning styles of boys.


The students at B.E.S.T. are immersed in a rigorous academic curriculum, which includes language arts, social studies, reading, math, and science.


Students at BEST have an opportunity to take various connections classes. These include:

  • Art
  • Band
  • Business Education and Computer Technology
  • Chorus
  • Heath & Physical Education
  • Sex Ed
  • Spanish
  • Strings

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

The following extracurricular activities are offered at BEST:

  • Afterschool Allstars
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Debate team
  • Football
  • Robotics
  • Swimming
  • Track and field
  • Fencing

Further readingEdit